🎶 22 December 2017: It’s now Christmas Eve and you’re throwing a lively party for all your friends, family and favourite characters. Which video game soundtracks would be on your playlist?
There are so many good video game soundtracks to chose from. I’m not really a soundtrack person though – I like hearing real musicians play songs from games…Sega games!
I’d definitely say the Outrun soundtrack…an all time gaming classic. Let the SST Band, comprised of Sega in-house musicians, show you a Passing Breeze!
Another Sega game I love is Super Hang On. I raved about the sound track to this recently as part of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge. Here is Tetrimino with their take on Outride A Crisis…it’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard.
Of course, no party is complete without 1) moshing and 2) Altered Beast. So I’d let Brazilian metallers Megadriver take us out….
20: Favourite genre?
I wasn’t sure on this one, but after a bit of deliberation I settled on open world games.
I think there is a few reasons for this.
Firstly, it feels realistic. Everyone has had that long journey across the city or that trip to the city centre and open world games give me that familiarity. I like to venture across cities, so the chance to do it while not getting rained on is great. Plus, some open world games let you have a base or a home. I’m a bit of a homebody who likes building houses, so this aspect of the game really appeals to me.
Secondly, it’s the exploration. Want to go to the outer reaches of the map and see the sea or radiation infected caves? Open world games let you do this.Want to look for new exciting items in the centre of the town you just located? Open world games let you do this too. I do love building up inventories, so open world games appeal to my inner scavenger.
Thirdly, it’s the people. I love how they just live in these little virtual places, going about their day. I’m a people watcher in the real world and it fascinates me what people do while I’m in work or asleep. Same with open world games. While I’m fleeing the Los Santos Police Department, I might see a passer by and wonder what he makes of all this and how it’s affected his trip to the shops. If I hit up a raider colony in Fallout, I find myself wondering how these people became raiders and how they survive.
In a nutshell, I’m kinda nosy…and open world games let me indulge this nosiness.
🎅 21 December 2017: You receive a call from Santa, as the elves desperately need a hand in the workshop getting all the toys ready. Which video game character would you recruit to help out?
There is only one creature able to help out in this situation….
That’s right – I’d call in Sonic The Hedgehog to help Santa out! There’s a few good reasons…
- He’s really really quick
- He does have experience of ice and places covered in ice.
- He has lots of friends – might be good for some of them to make themselves useful for a change…
- It might get him away from the Mario vs Sonic Olympic games Nintendo keep bringing out.
- He’d probably do it for pizza and some gold rings.
So, in closing, I think it’s the best option for both mankind and Sonic. We get our presents and Sonic gets pizza, rings and an excuse not to be involved in sporting mini games…
19: Picture of a game setting you wished you lived in?
An easy one for me this – as someone who hates the cold and lives in England, there are lots of tropical places I could move to!
However, there is one winner for me, just for sheer variety of locations.
Yup, it’s the beautiful world of Outrun 2. The above is the first stage which looks fantastic. I’d happily live there, in Palm Beach, watching sports cars race about and humming ‘Magical Sound Shower.’
The other reason I’d live in Outrun 2’s world is because I could do some great sight seeing. Bored of the beach? Then I’d race down the road to this city complete with Sonic statue, in about ten minutes. Why does a city have a giant Sonic statue anyway? I’m not complaining, but I’d love to have been at the planning meeting where the idea of building a statue of a giant blue hedgehog was proposed and passed!
So yeah, Palm Beach in Outrun 2’s world is where I’d like to live. Anyway, back to the cold of Northern England….
👪 20 December 2017: You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?
An easy answer for me this – Christmas 1994, when I got my Mega Drive.
I remember it so well…it was Christmas Eve and our presents were out on the table in the corner, ready for Christmas Day. My main present was a big box shaped present…it was obviously a Mega Drive, but my ten year old mind was suffering some serious anxiety over this. I wanted a Mega Drive so badly…I had decided that I needed to move on from the Master System (the Master System would remain with me and my family until 2010, so don’t feel too sorry for it!) and upgrade…I was ready for 16-bit!
So…I had a discreet feel of the box. Surprisingly though, I couldn’t tell if the present contained a Mega Drive by touch alone. Oh no….so, I discreetly tore part of the wrapping off the present. Just at the back where no-one could see. Underneath, there was a black section of cardboard with the familar ‘white wire’ design. This confirmed that I was to be the proud owner of a Mega Drive and I relaxed.
Cue Christmas Day and after being ‘surprised’ by my new Mega Drive, I spent a fun day playing all my new games…Chuck Rock, Sonic 1…and Kid Chameleon, amongst others. Despite Kid Chameleon, I had a great day and finished with a all-nighter (well, until 10pm…I was ten!) on European Club Soccer, a game I considered to be amazing thanks to it’s kit design feature and cheery 90’s music.
In hindsight, it was a great day and I can’t say I’ve ever quite had a Christmas Day as exciting in terms of gaming. I can remember what I got every Christmas, but nothing was as good as that year…to get such a great system and so many good games (and Kid Chameleon) was a really memorable experience for me.
You know, maybe I should get a Mega Drive and European Club Soccer for this Christmas, so I can relive that great Christmas?
18: Favourite Protagonist?
Like yesterday’s question, I struggled with this question…until I thought about it differently…
My favourite gaming protagonists aren’t the heroes of games, it’s the people who play as those heroes. It’s the great community on WordPress who discuss games in a variety of ways. It’s the peeps on Twitter who show off their awesome gaming collections.
See, IPs come and go. It’s the people who play the games that inspire me. People who keep showing me new games. People who inspire me by taking on crazy gaming challenges. People who arrange massive discussions on games and host great events.
Discussing and preserving gaming history is pretty important to me and that’s the big quest we’re all on. Ultimately, we’re all in this together. I’ve had a blast doing this since I started in March…
A few shout outs…
Dylan at Sega Does – gave me a chance to write for his site when many probably wouldn’t (to be fair, my only qualification is a love of 8bit/16bit Sega games) which ultimately led me to writing myself. So he’s kinda to blame, if you’re wondering…
The Well-Red Mage – Another person kind enough to let me write for his site and always up for great gaming discussions!
Kim at The Later Levels – I’ve really enjoyed chatting to members of the WordPress Community and Kim’s been a big part of that. The Christmas Party blog post and comments section was brilliant, it actually felt like I’d been to a real party, minus the awkward social situations and trying to take the last chocolate without anyone noticing…
There are lots of other great people who have inspired me to play new games and keep at the old games so thank you to everyone!
17: Favourite Antagonist?
I’m not sure about the word ‘favourite’, but I do know who my worst enemy is when it comes to gaming…
That’s right…I’m literally my own worst enemy. Sure, the likes of Robotnik and Bowser may have the most evil schemes, but my lack of focus and ability is what lets them get away with it.
I’ve given up on so many games over the years I’ve lost count. I’ve ignored many great games over the years, games I now need to catch up on. I’ve got myself hung up on ridiculous challenges that I have to complete. I am fighting a war against my own gaming failures.
Therefore, any redress I complete is a victory over my greatest enemy, while any failure is a victory for my foe.
It’s a never ending conflict…